View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

Project: View Ridge House
Architecture: Heliotrope Architects
Contractor: Dovetail
Landscape: Nussbaum Group
Location: Seattle, Washington
Photography: Haris Kenjar, Sean Airhart​
Text by Heliotrope Architects

Located on an eastern sloping parcel above Lake Washington, our primary design directive was to capture abundant lake and mountain views – taking into consideration possible future down-slope home construction with potential to impede the view.

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

The design solution of View Ridge House places living spaces on the top floor, guaranteeing the view in perpetuity, and shifts the upper and lower level floor-plans in order to create a roof terrace off of the living and dining spaces. Garage and support spaces are placed below-grade, with a high floor-to-floor height that places the entry flush with grade at the high portion of the site. A 15ft grade change from sidewalk to front door is mitigated by generous, shifting stairs punctuated by a garden space and gateway that transitions you from the public to the private realm.

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

Significant existing trees and shrubs were leveraged in the design, creating a rich entry experience and a strong connection to the landscape from the upper floor. The three-story stair wraps around an elevator, allowing for ageing in place. A den space is located a bit below grade, opening onto a sunken terrace in the back yard with a fire-pit for outdoor lounging in a more sheltered environment than the top floor deck.​

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

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View Ridge House, Seattle / Heliotrope Architects

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